Mike Comstock, Redwood Shores – President: Mike has been skiing at Bear Valley since 1993 when the Comstock Family, (Mike, Nancy, Zac and Mackenzie) found their ideal vacation home in Big Trees Village. Both Zac and Mackenzie learned to ski at Bear Valley and were avid participants in Skiing Bears, Devo, Race Team and BV Team coaches.
Mike has been involved with BVSEF since 2004 and its President since 2007. An avid skier since his teens, Mike’s passion for skiing included a college internship at Aspen Highlands, participation in the Corporate Ski Challenge and NASTAR racing. Mike’s professional career has spanned over 20 years with DHL Worldwide Express operating in a variety of management and executive roles. He has been consulting in the ecommerce, strategy and logistics areas for the 10 years with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Contact Mike
Katie Crawford (Voigtlander), San Francisco: Katie took her first steps in the Bear Valley Ski Lodge at one years old in 1989, and her Dad (Mike Voigtlander) quickly had her out on the mountain to ski. She grew up on the Bear Valley race team 1996-2004 competing across the US. She was named to the FIS Technical team in 2004 and finished 4th in the GS Tech Championships among an international field. After retiring from the racing scene she became a Development Race Team coach from 2004-2006. At Bear Valley through ski racing Katie learned life-long lessons about the importance of independence, accountability, camaraderie, leadership, and that a little friendly competition never hurt anyone.
Katie went on to complete her BA degree in Business Economics while competing in D1 NCAA Cross Country and Track for the University California, Santa Barbara. She was named Academic All- American for her academic success and athletic accolades. Katie’s professional career started at Deloitte & Touche where she worked as a financial auditor for consumer business companies. Since 2012 she has been pursuing her love for fashion and numbers working at Gap Inc. as a retail buyer for Baby Gap- Japan and US stores, and most recently has been promoted to Buying Manager for Banana Republic Men’s online.
Katie has a strong passion for youth development and giving back to the community. She has been an active volunteer with the Tenderloin Boys & Girls Club in San Francisco. Katie and her husband (Scott Crawford) were honored with the 2015 Tenderloin Clubhouse Community Partner Award for their service.
Ellen Hoffman, Bear Valley – Treasurer
Aaron Johnson, Bear Valley – Mountain Representative:
Paul Petersen, Bear Valley – XC Representative:
Gary Smith, Brentwood –Gary Smith grew up in the Bay Area and lives in Brentwood for the past 11 years. He’s been Skiing at Bear Valley Ski Resort since the late 1970’s with his family and friends. Gary has literally grown up in the grocery business working for Safeway Stores since he was in high school and currently works as a Web Specialist in the company’s Corporate Communications group.
Gary is also been engaged with many non-profit foundations including (Easter Seals, MDA and Safeway Foundation) to help improve our communities. He is currently a member of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and is a Competition Alpine Official. His son, Matthew, is a former member of the Bear Valley Race Team, and also participated in both DEVO and in the Skiing Bears programs. Gary and his wife Charisse have been married for nineteen years and met on the slopes at Bear Valley. They love to travel, and being outdoors.
“My goal is to support the mountain with our athlete’s development and life enhancing values thru the BVSEF educational programs. I strongly believe the foundation helps build both life-long friendships and positive life lessons for all our members.”
George Stone – George moved to Bear Valley after attending UC Davis, in the spring of 1971. Hewas hired as a ski instructor by Jon Reveal, the assistant ski school director for The Peter Brinkman Ski School in 1972 and became full-certified (Level III) in 1976. Around 1978, he moved to Kirkwood still teaching for the Peter Brinkman Ski School as he had expanded his ski schools to Kirkwood and Telluride, CO. At Kirkwood he worked as a supervisor, taught in the KIBS (Kirkwood Instruction for blind skiers) program, worked as an examiner for PSIAW, and ran the kid’s program for one season.
George returned to Bear Valley when the ski school administration changed and also at Tim Petrick’s invitation. With his return to Bear Valley, he taught all levels, ran the kid’s program for 5 years and started, with Rick Van Aiken, an adaptive ski program. He had met Mike Young when he came and worked for Kirkwood so when he took over the ski school, George asked to do some coaching and was put in charge of the program for one year.
In 2001, George went back to school at CSU Stanislaus to earn a teaching credential and Masters degree and stopped working full time on the mountain. In the past few years he has been coaching development team and teaching regular ski school at all levels as well as adaptive students.